OU football notebook: Bradford, Gresham, Robinson all finalists for national awards
Bradford, Gresham, Robinson all finalists for national awards
The honors are rolling in for the nation’s top offense.
Monday, quarterback Sam Bradford was named a finalist for the Davey O’Brien Award, which is given to college football’s top quarterback.
The other two finalists are Texas QB Colt McCoy and Texas Tech QB Graham Harrell.
Bradford, who leads the nation with 42 touchdown passes, will try and become the second Sooner to win the O’Brien. Jason White won the award in 2003 and 2004.
Guard Duke Robinson and tight end Jermaine Gresham were also named finalists for national awards.
Robinson is a finalist for the Outland Trophy, which is awarded to the top interior lineman. Ole Miss offensive tackle Michael Oher and Alabama offensive tackle Andre Smith are the other finalists.
Gresham is a finalist for the John Mackey Award, given to the top tight end. He joins Missouri’s Chase Coffman and Oklahoma State’s Brandon Pettigrew as finalists.
English out, again
Coach Bob Stoops said Monday that defensive end Auston English won’t play at OSU this weekend. English, the preseason Big 12 defensive player of the year, has missed the last two games with a sprained knee. Stoops said English could "possibly” return next week if OU advances to the Big 12 Championship.
Bradford, Lewis honored
Bradford and linebacker Travis Lewis were named Big 12 players of the week after OU’s 65-21 victory over Texas Tech. Bradford threw for 301 yards and four TDs. Lewis had 13 tackles, a forced fumble and a 47-yard interception return.
"That kind of stuff gets old. It does for everybody. That’s why I’ve come full circle (in favor of a playoff). Let’s get a group of teams together and go fight for it. Then, you don’t have to do all that stuff.” — Stoops on having to campaign for his team’s standing in the BCS.
By Jake Trotter